Honoring the Fallen: Israel Remembers its Soldiers and Victims of Terror

On Yom Hazikaron, Israel will pause to remember its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. This year, 59 soldiers killed during active service and 31 victims of terror were added to the list, according to the Defense Ministry. Additionally, 86 disabled veterans passed away due to complications from injuries sustained during their service.

Since 1860, 24,213 people have died during military service, and 4,255 civilians have been killed in hostilities since 1851. The establishment of the State of Israel saw 3,236 victims of hostilities, including 740 children and teenagers up to the age of 18, 120 Israelis killed abroad, and 135 foreign citizens killed in terrorist attacks. These attacks have left 3,420 orphans, 800 widows, 851 bereaved parents, and 250 families with multiple losses.

As Israel commemorates this solemn day, the nation is also experiencing ongoing political protests, including some involving military personnel. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has issued a letter instructing ministers and members of the Knesset to refrain from making political statements during Memorial Day. The Brothers in Arms group, representing reservist soldiers protesting the government’s judicial reforms, has requested that soldiers and reservists honor the day and avoid protests.

Despite these challenges, Yom Hazikaron serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of Israel. As we honor their memory, we also celebrate the State of Israel’s values of unity, resilience, and hope. These values have shaped the nation and continue to inspire its people as they work together to build a brighter and more secure future.